EU President Urges Europe-wide Electric Car Initiative

Spanish prime minister and current EU president wants pan-European strategy to produce viable electric car.

Published: 21-Jan-2010

A new initiative to launch a Europe-wide plan for an electric car will be launched as part of the Spanish presidency of the EU next month.

Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, said there was a need for a pan-European strategy to produce a viable electric car.

Mr Zapatero said he had met some of Europe's biggest car manufacturers in recent days who impressed upon him that the EU should take a lead in developing electric vehicles.

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